Here’s an overview of what we need and a process overview to help guide you along before we begin.
What I need to get started
EPS or high res JPEG or PNG file formats if possible.
Images & Pictures
Current and/or new images and photos you’d like to use on the new site.
Page content and any updated verbiage/information for your website.
Brand style guide, colors or any specific design requirements.
Your hosting account login and/or Cpanel username and password.
An administrator login to your current WordPress site. (if this is a redesign of a WordPress site)
Project management will be handled by 17Hats or Basecamp, two online platforms for communication and project management. We will be using one of these to send messages and track progress during the project. Once your project is underway, you’ll receive an email with instructions on what to do.
File sharing will generally be handled by Dropbox or Google Drive. We can also use this to share important logins and credentials instead of sending through email. I will set up a folder for the project and will share the folder with you via email. You can upload all images and files there.
The Design Process
Designing a website is an extensive process that can be overwhelming. To better help you understand what to expect during the design and development, I have outlined the process into 3 steps:
1) Layout and design
The most important part of creating a website is in the planning and layout stage of the process. I will create the sitemap (Page/Menu hierarchy) of the website for approval first, then I’ll design the home page and a sub page (or more upon request) for approval.
Once the layout and design is approved, I will move forward with building all site pages, implementing all functionality and plugins. I’ll make sure your site looks great and functions nicely across all devices and web browsers.
3) Edits & Revisions
Once the site is ready for final review, you’ll be able to review each page and I can make detailed edits until the site is ready for launch. Please review ALL pages to make sure all spelling, grammar, addresses and information are correct before going live.
Wrapping Up & GOING LIVE!
Once the site is ready to go live, all unnecessary plugins, pages, images and backend files will be removed. The new site will be backed up and saved locally, should it ever need to be restored. Once live, it may take between 24-48 hours for the new site to pull up on some devices. Your browser may need to be refreshed in order to see the new site and though most will see the new site fairly quickly after the launch.
Your website logins and all credentials will be sent to you via basecamp or secure email ensuring the security of your passwords. Though your logins and passwords will be saved locally, PLEASE SAVE ALL LOGINS FOR YOUR RECORDS AS WELL.